Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice
Q? AM I ELIGIBLE FOR HOSPICE SERVICES?
A. Hospice care is provided to terminally ill patients who have a limited life expectancy and who wish to receive comfort care rather than curative treatment for their illness.
Q? WHAT IS HOSPICE?
A. Hospice care alleviates pain and suffering and treats symptoms rather than cure the illness. Services are directed toward the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Hospice services are designed to maximize the patient’s comfort.
Q? WHO WILL PAY FOR MY HOSPICE SERVICES?
A. Medicare or Medi-Cal pay for hospice care. There is no out-of-pocket cost to patient/family under the Medicare/Medi-Cal hospice benefit. Most medical insurances and health maintenance organizations offer hospice care as a benefit.
Q? WHO WILL BE INVOLVED IN PROVIDING HOSPICE SERVICES?
A. Hospice services are coordinated and delivered by a team of healthcare professionals of various disciplines, including physicians, registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, spiritual counselors, therapists, dietitians and volunteers. This team is known as the “interdisciplinary team.” The interdisciplinary team customizes a plan of care which aims to manage the patient’s pain and meet the patient’s and family’s needs.
Q? CAN MY FAMILY BE INVOLVED IN MY CARE?
A. Family members are encouraged to participate in the patient’s care as much as possible. Hospice views the patient and family as the unit of care. If patient has no family members to assist in care giving, hospice will work with a caregiver or willing friends or neighbors of the patient.
Q? CAN MY PRIMARY PHYSICIAN WORK WITH THE HOSPICE TEAM?
A. Yes. Most primary physicians continue to plan most of the patient’s care in coordination with the hospice team and the hospice physician.
Q? WILL HOSPICE PROVIDE MEDICINES FOR MY TERMINAL ILLNESS?
A. Medications necessary for pain relief and symptom management related to the terminal illness are provided by hospice.
Q? WILL HOSPICE PROVIDE MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT?
A. Medical supplies ( e.g. diapers, chux, gloves), and medical equipment (e.g. hospital bed, wheelchair, oxygen) necessary for pain relief and symptom management related to the terminal illness are provided by hospice.
Q? IS HOSPICE AVAILABLE AT NIGHT OR ON THE WEEKENDS?
A. Yes. You can call on Roze Room Hospice of Ventura 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Q? WHAT ARE BEREAVEMENT SERVICES?
A. After the patient dies, bereavement counseling is available to assist the family with the grieving process. More Information
Q? CAN I DISCONTINUE HOSPICE CARE?
A. A patient can discontinue hospice services at any time.